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Revit Workstation – Hardware Recommendations


Revit Workstation has been recommended three times this month, today I am writing this very convincing guide to helping Revit users make wise decisions. Nevertheless, I thought I was writing for years.

Since the 1990s, I have built CAD workstations. Every time I build a new computer, the ever-changing technologies require a lot of research. This system is no exception.

This system is primarily designed for Revit, but 3DS Max Design, Autodesk Ultimate Building Suite, Adobe Creative Suite Master Collection and V-Ray will also work. It will be suitable for BIM and all touchers such as rendering, animation, collision detection and estimation.

OPERATIONAL SYSTEM

Let's start here. If you do not do this, your results will suffice. I suggest that Windows 7 Professional be 64-bit. Windows Professional must have access to a domain-based network. You never know when this is necessary, why do you basically limit yourself now?

You also need a 64-bit system to use more than 4 GB of RAM. Revit requires about 8 GB of RAM for professional-level work. However, in the near future I can see where Revit models occur and require more RAM. Today, a 32-bit computer game (bicycle with coach wheels) and unlimited is useless. If you are installing a 32-bit system for Revit, quit now and get a new career.

Central Processing Unit (CPU)

The following is the CPU, the small chip billions of transistors that are leaking geeks. The faster the CPU, the longer you will be satisfied with using your computer. This takes time on the back of the purchase so you do not have to or will not want a new product next year.

AMD chips are cheaper and the feeling they are clinging to are only slower. Do not even think about Apple. Although Revit can be run on an emulator, the same level of performance will be 2-3 times that you will get with a PC.

Intel needs to go to CPU selection. There are two directions here, Core i7 and Xeon. The Xeon is completely rocky, but it uses more CPU systems and almost three times the equivalent of Core i7. Revit is a processor software, and more Xeon will not help at all. (Although it will help with 3DS Max, this is not the purpose of the system.)

I suggest you choose an i7 system for our system. The second generation of the i7 is already showing up and gets great benchmarks and critiques. The top of the i7 line is the 3960X Extreme Edition and approx. Intel's desktop processor peaked at least $ 1,000 for at least the last 20 years. There was no surprise there. This is not a difficult choice.

REMEMBER

I like Asus as a company. Last year I bought or recommended 4 laptops. One of them was Revit. My experience is that the best motherboards are made. I suggest that you select the tip on the motherboard to select the CPU, the Rampage IV Extreme. In addition to its sweet artwork, its fastest SATA hard disk drive (6.0Gb / s), the latest Intel chipset (X79) is the fastest USB port (3.0) supporting 64Gb 2400MHz DDR3 RAM. It has a Gb LAN connector that has the fastest video slots for PCI-Express 3.0, CrossFireX / SLI, Bluetooth, toned built-in settings for overclocking and 8-channel surround sound. Another very easy choice. Although this system can install 64-GB 2400MHz RAM, it's really overly high and very expensive for $ 4,000. I can get 32GB of 1866MHz RAM for $ 329.98. The 64GB will do a nice update in the future when the price drop is done. Revit is a memory. I am currently 12 GB and I do not think I've ever spent it but I came close when I ran other programs with Revit. The 32 GB RAM and loop fan I recommend at very good prices.

MONITORS

This is something I've been thoroughly studying. I have a Dell 30 "2560×1600 for a couple of years … What a terrific experience in a short time there were two

Architects need three monitors for optimal production and this third monitor makes such a huge difference, primarily used as digital reference tables. most documents are delivered in PDF format. Even manual schemas can be easily scanned in PDF or JPG format. Maybe we are close to the paperless office (Oh I'm green)

So I suggest using the Dell 30 "2560×1600 LCD monitor, as the central monitor of the primary graphical area of ​​the various software. Dell's 23 "1920×1080 LEDs on the left side of the graphical menus and emails and an identical Dell 23" 1920×1080 LED on the right for reference and the Internet. Smaller end gauges must be LEDs for shaving clarity, and long documents and menus require 90 degrees vertical rotation. Is there another choice again?

GRAPHICS CARDS

Although graphics cards do not have a huge impact on Revit, the two dual-DVI monitors I recommend. Additionally, the extra port can be used for client monitors or for a projector.

The two graphics cards I have with 512 core GPU processing power and 3 Gb or GDDR5 memory. These cores and increased memory allow iRay (which comes with 3DS Max Design) and works with the V-Ray RT program. IRay asserts that within a reasonable time, it provides the perfect illumination of the GPU. In some cases, real-time rendering is possible in viewports. These graphics cards bring amazing results with Adobe CS5.5 Master and animation.

There are controversies between Nvidia Quadro and Nvidia GeForce, which do not always favor the cheaper GeForce graphics cards recommended by Quadro. The GFX 580 3Gb is under $ 600. The Quadro 5000 with 2.5 Gb exceeds $ 1,700. I understand GeForce cards are a bit warmer during rendering. We designed this well.

POWER SUPPLY

Of course, graphics cards use a lot of energy. CrossFireX / SLI support would be great. So an excellent modular power supply with 80 plus gold rating indicates it is very effective. Modular indicates that all cables are disconnected instead of cables, and use only the data required for the configuration. 1200 watts ensure you have a lot of energy in key times and in the future. I recommend the Corsair CMPSU-1200AX.

KEYBOARD

I like Logitech products and I really like their illuminated keyboards. The USB cable works great for a desktop computer. I recommend the Logitech 920-000914

mouse

1000 DPI with hyperfast scrolling as well as the USB cable. I recommend Logitect 910-001204.

OPTICAL DRIVE

A burner that can burn or play something, including Blu-ray and LightScribe, is ideal. I recommend the Light-On iHBS212-08 drive

HARD DRIVES

The C: drive that contains the operating system and installed programs should be in a solid state. These wires are very expensive, but they make a huge difference. I see people who require less than ten seconds to boot up / start up. I suggest a 512 GB SATA 6Gb / s Interface Hard Drive.

I suggest that all of your computer's data is stored on a RAID Level 1, which contains two 2 Terabytes of Seagate Barracuda SATA 7200 RPM 64 MB of 6 GB / mechanical drives. That certainly contains a lot of data.

I suggest that the security system portable USB 3.0 is a three-terabyte Western Digital drive.

SPEAKERS

is a low priority, so I suggest that the Dell audio bar at the bottom of the middle monitor is cheap and ideal. The philosophy of affairs was simple. The case does not matter. Cheap, flashing lights, windows or wild colors. The beige was good, gray maybe a little risqué?

I like the stylish, elegant aluminum cases that cool off in a cool place, coolers, removable motherboards, intelligent front ports and controllers. I suggest SilverStone Half Tower, Temjin TJ09-B black, some additional fans and a radiator bracket for CPU cooler. Now I think that if you spend all this money on performance, aesthetics for a nice packaging. Hmm … sounds like architecture

CPU COOLER

I recommend using a Corsair H80 liquid cooler that keeps CPU temperature

SELF BUILT AND COMPETITION

There are people and manufacturers who can make a computer, so you do not have to. But assembling hardware is actually trivial. My kids only developed computers to prove it. In fact, there are very few parts.

The benefits of self-assembly are that each and every documentation can be found for future maintenance. This method is the same but often cheaper. If he assembles himself, he will know very well.

Sometimes manufacturers use strange or custom made parts that do not have a name. If you purchase a part of the system, you can get access to the parts manufacturer's support team and they are the smartest you'll ever talk about. If you buy an assembled system and call customer service, you talk to the wisest people you'll ever talk to.

Once I got a very expensive computer built by a famous Hollywood computer guy and 3DS Max. It would stop what was not okay at all. Half of the memory was burned in six months. He did not give any help at all. When I opened, I saw that she was just a fan. I've made holes in the hole and I've wired it to work. It was very ugly

At a time when our company was very busy, I bought Dell Precision Workstations. It was proven and at the beginning of the line. Over time, some people would have had such strange problems that prevented CAD from working on it at all. If you want a very fast computer in the state of the art technology, Dell seems to be missing a year later. The 30-inch Monitor is Perfectly the Best.

@ XI is a computer manufacturer who seems to know what he is doing.

http://www.xicomputer.com

Boxx a company I love.It specializes in rendering economies.Rightly slippery things.I know you as you are and you live closer, you have to build your system … I'm really enjoying doing this … REAL COST

So you noticed that there is no full cost because I do not think that there is really a choice, you have not been able to reach it, this is the computer system hardware that you need today for BIM and smart purchases. this system can be transferred to a secretary, administrator, accountant or builder for a completely new life, in my last company we bought new computers and architects waited and kept their old wreckage. l, whining and very short term thinking

Here's the deal. Autodesk has every year more sophisticated software for architecture. This software has more capabilities and uses more computer resources. This will continue in the foreseeable future at a rapid pace. This is primarily the BIM. We are in the middle of a great revolution and most people do not see it. If you pause for too long, do not step into your training, or do not keep the equipment and software, you will not have a career. BIM does not wait for us.

Suppose I offered $ 7,500. The experienced BIM designer earns $ 75,000 a year. So 10% of your salary. How much faster will the system I propose? If you're 25% faster, you'll spend $ 11,250 and $ 18,700 a year in the first year, after you use the computer effectively for BIM.

The faster the CPU, the longer the computer, the more money you have.

How many people do you have jobs that can dramatically increase their efficiency with hardware upgrades? I do not think your lawyer will create more contracts on a faster computer. Architects occupy a unique place in embedded time in this revolution.

So repeat that he invests $ 7,750 and in four years 67,500 returns. This would be an average 73% return on average every 4 years

This would be a really big investment.

GOOGLE

Do not like Google? They are a really amazing company. They have big plans for the future. But they've already done so. In addition to winning billions of dollars every 18 days, they have completely transformed many industries, including advertisements. Did you know that he is the largest computer manufacturer in the world? Have you ever seen your Google computer? These computers make their own data centers. They say there are millions.

So Google believes in the data. They always test everything. They really believe in speed. They possess the speed. Their engineers and founders can measure one-tenth of a computer's speed. He investigated the consequences and found that if his search engine falls to 1/10 per second, the measurable amount of searches will be reduced. They say that people are leaving and losing weight.

Wow, you think, with slower hardware, can architects lose the focus? I do not suggest updating the hardware for a tenth of a second. However, if you are using a 32-bit system, it's time to upgrade. Last time I used a 32-bit system (just a month ago), it dropped at least twice a day. Even if I lose only 2 minutes of work, restarting and restoring the focus just kills productivity. I wonder what is the cost of lost focus?

Perhaps, if we provide better hardware for our BIM designers, will we get less traffic and unbeatable productivity benefits?

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